- Kelsey Garmon, RD
National Nutrition Month
National Nutrition Month is an annual campaign of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics-America’s professional organization for dietitians and nutritionists- aimed at raising awareness, encouraging informed choices, and educating the public about a wide variety of messages concerning healthy eating and physical activity. The year 2020 will mark the 40th year of the event, which began in 1980. In March of each year, the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ADA) develops toolkits and educational materials which can be shared in a variety of settings including schools, healthcare facilities, and community events in order to increase the public’s understanding of healthy eating.
This year’s theme for National Nutrition Month is “Eat Right, Bite by Bite”. It stands as a reminder that every little choice to eat healthy foods is a step in the right direction that can lead to lifelong change. Nutrition can seem overwhelming to individuals, but during National Nutrition Month, the ADA hopes that people can come together to learn that there is no one right way to eat, and a healthy diet is adaptable for all eating patterns, cultures, and ages.
You can visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website at Eatright.org to learn more about health topics related to your goals. The site has handouts and articles written by credentialed professionals on topics ranging from vegetarianism and weight loss, chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, and even tips on eating for a busy schedule or feeding picky children. One of the best features of the site is the Find a Dietitian tab from which you can discover nutrition specialists who live and work in your community. It is important to note that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics fully is an academic group of licensed professionals, so you can be sure that resources accessed through this site, and promoted during National Nutrition Month, are reputable and research-based.
On behalf of Thompson Hospitality, Happy National Nutrition Month! We hope that you will use this celebration as a time to focus on your eating habits, and take small steps – bite by bite- toward a healthier lifestyle.
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